NEWS OF MEDICAL
COLLEGE AND GRADUATE
I write this letter just before Thanksgiving. Here in the Northeast, the leaves have
turned and the trees are now mostly barren. The change of seasons is a fitting analogy
for the recent divisive national election. Renewal and change, with a shift in our
nation’s priorities, is in the air.
In this time of transition, it is worthwhile to remember the verities that Weill Cornell
Medicine stands for. We are an intellectually open and respectful community. We
embrace values that are enduring, not of the moment. We seek the best minds and
character to populate our incoming classes. And we are mindful that we are a
profession with obligations to others that transcend our personal needs or wants.
In my daily professional life I attempt to uphold the standards that my WCM role
models exhibited by their behaviors. And by doing so, I believe I am giving back both
to my profession and to the institution.
At the Alumni Association we continue to fund core initiatives, such as the Weill
Cornell Community Clinic, to make life better for the patients the students encounter,
and to provide our students with experiences that will enable their future success. In
this manner we are upholding the essential values of our profession: to assist, to
nurture, and to educate.
As the government transitions, so may the prioritization of basic research funding
and financial aid for students. We will continue to advocate for the values we have
always embodied—to care, discover, and teach. Our mission at WCM will endure,
regardless of who is in Washington.
All of us at the Alumni Association hope that you enjoyed a reflective and happy
holiday season with family and friends. Spring is just around the corner.
Stuart Mushlin, MD ’73
President, Weill Cornell Medical College Alumni Association